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Fiber Arts Department

Kristy Kun

Kristy Kun

Kristy Kun

Kristy Kun

Kristy Kun

Instructor: Kristy Kún
ONLINE WORKSHOP – ADVANCED METHODS IN HANDMADE FELT: AMPLIFIED FORMS

Registration deadline: May 4, 2020

Dates:
May 9, 2020: Zoom Call, 10am-12pm PDT (MAC hosts)
May 9–May 15, 2020 (Online modules)

May 16, 2020: Zoom Call, 10am-12pm PDT (MAC hosts)
May 16–May 22, 2020 (Online modules)

May 23, 2020: Zoom Call, 10am-12pm PDT (MAC hosts)

Email invitations to join the online classroom will be sent on May 8 for this MAC hosted course. If using a cellphone or tablet, download the Zoom app prior to receiving your email invitation, if it is not already installed on your device. If using your computer, follow the invitation link in the email to open Zoom.

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This class is currently full.
For more information, please call 707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


ABOUT THIS CLASS
This is a home workshop with online video support and chatroom class discussions. For each lesson, students are supplied with all of the required materials, tutorials, and online video demonstrations to successfully learn the new techniques. Each student's unique design will emerge from the way materials are shaped, cut, and formed. We will have three live video discussions hosted by the Mendocino Art Center, May 9, May 16 and May 23.

Email invitations to join the online classroom will be sent on May 8 for this MAC hosted course. If using a cellphone or tablet, download the Zoom app prior to receiving your email invitation, if it is not already installed on your device. If using your computer, follow the invitation link in the email to open Zoom.

This course will run approximately two weeks with students able to work at their own pace and post anytime in the online platform. Students will have unlimited access to the course after completed.

 

CLASS DESCRIPTION
Felting is a water and energy intense process of tangling wool fibers into a dense textile. There is much to explore with the medium with the addition of plant-based fabrics and creative approaches to construction methods. In earlier workshops, we have used construction methods where design and layout are paramount to the texture in the finished work. With the Amplified series, I have developed a method of constructing layouts that, when felted, seamlessly shape and transform into a third dimension… Where the textile is sculpted in the final stages, rather than in the construction and layout stage.

Join me for a new workshop exploring these ground-breaking amplified techniques. We will spend time observing the movement of the textiles in water, as they float and undulate within our hands, and capture the movement in our finished sculptures. The techniques include needle-felting dense wool into lightweight fabrics, working with jigs, wet felting, refined surface finishing, sculpting, and mounting. We will also explore the creation of a solid backed artwork using these new organic layout techniques, and discuss further applications to many surface-design challenges in felting. For each lesson, students are supplied with all of the required materials, tutorials, and online video demonstrations to successfully learn the new techniques. Each student's unique design will emerge from the way materials are shaped, cut, and formed.

The basic steps for creating this type of work are:
• Preparation of materials
• Dry assembly
• Needle felting
• Wetting/bonding, wet felting
• Finishing and setting the shape

 Two projects will be completed in this workshop.


ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
KRISTY KÚN brings an innovative approach to the field of handmade felt with her unparalleled construction methods, material combinations, and craftsmanship. As a young craftsman, she forged her artistic mettle apprenticing as a woodworker and upholsterer on the majestic coast of Northern California. Dedicating 13 years to building mortise and tenon constructed furniture from reclaimed wood, her respect for materials and craftsmanship in their reverential structure, is planted deep.

Kún is represented by the Waterstone Gallery in the Pearl district, Portland, OR, and participates in several annual juried fine craft festivals around the country. She believes strongly in collaboration and community building through Craft and has served three years on the board of Frogwood, a non-profit organization dedicated to arts training, education, and collaborative interaction. Through her business, Opulent Fibers, she has hosted local and international instructors, each experts their practicing form of textile art, and has presented at free community events, demonstrating techniques and sharing her passion for wool. In 2019, Kristy taught her innovative techniques at venues in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Holland, and Slovenia.

Awards: Excellence in Fiber Art award at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, 2018. Best in Show at Art in the Pearl, Portland, 2019.


Visit Kristy Kún's website


TUITION & FEES
Current MAC Members: $292
Non-members: $325 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

There is a registration fee of $45 for each class for non-members. Current Mendocino Art Center members do not pay a registration fee and may take 10% off each class registration. The discount is reflected in the prices above. Not a member yet? You may sign up below.
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REFUNDS & CANCELLATIONS
Cancellations must be made in writing, either by mail or email. If you notify us at least 21 days prior to the first class meeting, you will receive a refund of tuition less a $45 cancellation fee. No refunds will be made after that date for any reason due to our contractual obligations and material acquisitions. If the Art Center is compelled to cancel a class you will receive a full tuition refund. Memberships are non-refundable as they are considered a donation to the Art Center.


Materials kit fee: $75 (Purchased directly from instructor no later than May 1, 2020 to allow for shipping time). Order kits

Kits include materials for each lesson, gloves for wet felting, jig materials, and a wood box frame. Materials are NATURAL WOOL, not dyed. Frames are BLACK.

Upon delivery of your kit, an email invitation to join the online classroom will be sent. Once you log into the classroom, the fun will begin! Students have a place to post questions and results of the lessons for instructor feedback. The platform is easy to use and communication can be tailored to each student’s needs. And it never closes! You will have access to the online materials as long as the Internet provides.


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